Sydney is choked with smoke as firefighters burn down huge areas to the northwest of the city

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Sydney is choked with smoke and the sunset and horizon are obscured as firefighters burn down huge areas in the northwest of the city

  • Sydney was covered with a blanket of smoke around sunset on Saturday evening
  • RFS firefighters carried out large controlled fires in the northwest of the city
  • Risk burn-downs of more than 80 hectares of land were carried out

The Sydney skyline was darkened by a thick haze of smoke on Saturday night as firefighters carried out controlled fires in the northwest of the city.

Favorable conditions during the day allowed planned work to reduce the hazards to be carried out by firefighters of the national fire service.

Controlled burns in the Hills district caused the mist in northwestern Sydney to drift over the CBD at sunset – resulting in a strong smell of smoke that hung over the city and sparked a wave of reactions on social media.

Sydney was covered in a blanket of smoke from Saturday night as firefighters conducted controlled combustion in the northwest of the city (photo: Sydney skyline on Saturday)

Sydney was covered in a blanket of smoke from Saturday night as firefighters conducted controlled combustion in the northwest of the city (photo: Sydney skyline on Saturday)

The spectacular sunset caused by the smoke haze over Sydney sparked a wave of reactions on social media (photo: Sydney on Saturday)

The spectacular sunset caused by the smoke haze over Sydney sparked a wave of reactions on social media (photo: Sydney on Saturday)

The spectacular sunset caused by the smoke haze over Sydney sparked a wave of reactions on social media (photo: Sydney on Saturday)

‘Definitely with smoke flashbacks in Sydney,’ one person said, referring to Australia’s 2019-2020 wildfire season.

“I remember not being able to see anything out of my window last year,” agreed another.

“The skyline looks beautiful,” added a third.

Australia’s 2019-2020 wildfires were among the largest ever recorded in the country – with millions of acres burning along the east coast and a smoky haze hanging over Sydney for several weeks.

The RFS had planned two major hazard reduction burns on Marieba Road in the Hills district on Saturday – one for 49.72 acres and one for 28.17 acres.

The RFS firefighters have controlled burnt back about 80 acres of land northwest of the city

The RFS firefighters have controlled burnt back about 80 acres of land northwest of the city

The RFS firefighters have controlled burnt back about 80 acres of land northwest of the city

A photo of Pyrmont Bridge in the CBD on Saturday afternoon shows the smoke that creates a spectacular orange sunset

A photo of Pyrmont Bridge in the CBD on Saturday afternoon shows the smoke that creates a spectacular orange sunset

A photo of Pyrmont Bridge in the CBD on Saturday afternoon shows the smoke that creates a spectacular orange sunset

Several state fire authorities will notify when hazard mitigation burns are planned for your area – with NSW residents checking theirs through the RFS website.

If burn-offs are planned in the area, the RFS recommends that local people take preventive measures, especially if a member of the household suffers from conditions such as asthma.

These include making sure windows or doors are closed and covering outdoor furniture and removing items from clotheslines to keep embers from igniting.

Locals also noticed a strong smell of smoke hanging over the town as the mist drifted over in the afternoon

Locals also noticed a strong smell of smoke hanging over the town as the mist drifted over in the afternoon

Locals also noticed a strong smell of smoke hanging over the town as the mist drifted over in the afternoon

Smoke from Saturday's hazard mitigation measures drifted across the city around sunset on Saturday (photo: Sydney CBD skyline, seen from the south on Saturday evening)

Smoke from Saturday's hazard mitigation measures drifted across the city around sunset on Saturday (photo: Sydney CBD skyline, seen from the south on Saturday evening)

Smoke from Saturday’s hazard mitigation measures drifted across the city around sunset on Saturday (photo: Sydney CBD skyline, seen from the south on Saturday evening)

Spectators at the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants at the Sydney Cricket Ground were also treated to a spectacular backdrop (pictured)

Spectators at the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants at the Sydney Cricket Ground were also treated to a spectacular backdrop (pictured)

Spectators at the AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants at the Sydney Cricket Ground were also treated to a spectacular backdrop (pictured)

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